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Be Bear Aware

May 24, 2013

The carcass of an adult male grizzly bear hit and killed by a car last spring near St. Ignatius is now being used to help teach the public about bears. Dale Manning is the professional taxidermist who transformed the animal's remains into a tool that will now be used to teach the public about bear avoidance techniques and the characteristics that differentiate grizzlies from black bears.

As we reported yesterday, Chronic Wasting Disease continues its push towards western Wyoming's winter elk feedgrounds and Yellowstone National Park.
     In part one of Edward O'Brien's feature interview, Dr. Bruce  Smith explained the science behind CWD.
     In short, it's a terrible, infectious disease that slowly saps the life from whitetail and mule deer, elk and even moose. There is no known vaccine or treatment, animals do not develop immunities to it and it's 100-percent fatal.

Chronic Wasting Disease is creeping closer to western Wyoming's winter elk feedgrounds and Yellowstone National Park.
     A retired U.S Fish and Wildlife Service biologist says this is something the public and policy-makers must pay close attention to.
      Dr. Bruce Smith is a former senior biologist at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming and author of "Where Elk Roam: Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd."

Hundreds of Missoula high school students recently witnessed a mock scenario portraying teenagers involved in a devastating car crash; a crash caused by a drunk driver.
     The staged event portrayed everything that typically happens in its real-life equivalent.
     If you've been fortunate enough to have never been in a serious car accident, it was an eye-opening event. And that's just what organizers were hoping for.
     Edward O'Brien - along with hundreds of high school students at Loyola Field - was there and files this feature story...

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